The Big Story of Pugin Timeline

1812
Born in London, the son of a French émigré artist

1827
Designs Gothic furniture for the King at Windsor Castle 

1832
Marries Anne who dies within a year giving birth to a daughter

1833
Marries Louisa with whom he has five more children

1834
Fire destroys the Houses of Parliament 
Charles Barry later convinces Pugin to produce Gothic designs for the new Houses of Parliament

1835
Becomes a Catholic 

1835
Meets Charles Barry and assists him with a Gothic design for King Edward's School (demolished), New Street, Birmingham  
Suffers from a recurring eye problem for which he is prescribed mercury 

1837
Designs the interiors and gatehouses at Oscott College, Birmingham, funded by the Earl of Shrewsbury 
Becomes a professor at Oscott
Builds Saint Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, the first Catholic cathedral since the Reformation  

1840
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert marry
Builds a convent in Handsworth, Birmingham, for the Sisters of Mercy 

1844
Second wife, Louisa, dies  

1845
Convinces John Hardman to manufacture stained glass windows in Birmingham for the new Houses of Parliament  

1847
Queen Victoria opens the new House of Lords. Charles Barry is highly acclaimed but Pugin is not mentioned 

1848
Marries Jane, third wife, with whom he has two more children

1851
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visit Pugin’s Gothic stand at the Great Exhibition, London  

1852
Produced over 10,000 drawings for the Houses of Parliament
Committed to a lunatic asylum
Jane secures his release. He returns home but dies three days later

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